Preceptor Criteria

1. A pharmacist wishing to serve as a preceptor must normally meet the following criteria:

• Be currently licensed to practice pharmacy and be in good standing with the provincial regulatory body, with no restrictions placed upon their practice.

• Have a minimum of three years of experience as a licensed practitioner. Pharmacists who have completed post-graduate training (e.g., residency) require only two years of practice experience.

• Practice at a level of proficiency that enables the preceptor to meet the course requirements. This normally requires the practitioner to have been practicing at their current site/institution for 6 months or more and in the specific clinical area where the rotation will be occurring for a minimum of 3 months.

• Have shown a commitment to professional development and lifelong learning.

• Have completed one of the following free online preceptor education courses: Dalhousie University Preceptor eLearning Course or the University of British Columbia's E-tips Program for Practice Education, or other acceptable preceptor education program.

• Be willing to accept responsibility for supervising the student during the APPE period; must be the pharmacist most directly involved with the student and be accountable for providing learning opportunities for the student.

• Be willing to assess student performance by providing feedback on a regular basis; and completing required evaluation forms.

• Not be immediately related to the student (i.e., connected by blood relationship, marriage, conjugal relationship or adoption).

• Not have a relationship with the student that could preclude the preceptor from giving an honest and unbiased assessment or could be perceived as a conflict of interest (e.g., have a business, financial, or contractual relationship with the student; or have an otherwise close relationship with the student).

2. Preceptors from other health disciplines:

Upon request, approval may be granted for students in the PharmD for Working Professionals Program to be precepted by a professional from another health discipline. The following criteria generally apply. The individual must:

• Hold an active license (appropriate to the discipline) to practice in his/her/their province and be a member in good standing with the licensing body.

• Fulfill the program’s preceptor requirements with the following exception:

¬ May be exempt from completing preceptor training based on training completed in their discipline at the discretion of the experiential learning program coordinator.


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